Happy Thanksgiving Day from Burnt Lake

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Burnt Lake

It was a cold, clear mid-November day. It was time to get outdoors and enjoy a wonderful autumn hike. The thought of waterfalls, autumn leaves and one of the prettiest lakes in the Mt. Hood Wilderness was in my mind as I drove to the 2,700-foot Burnt Lake Trailhead.

After walking through a stile I followed the well-maintained trail along Burnt Creek for several miles before crossing the Creek. Huge burnt-out cedars left as reminders of a severe forest fire in the 1800s were scattered along the Trail.

In the next one-half mile I came to Lost Creek Falls, a series of four waterfalls in a small canyon. The Trail then gained 700 feet in the next mile as it ascended the steep headwall.  Soon I reached Burnt Lake.

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and not a hint of a breeze. I found a nice spot near the lakeshore, took off the pack and enjoyed the beautiful setting.

The reflection of Mt. Hood in the Lake was as sharp as I have ever seen. I took many photos before reluctantly taking the four-mile hike back to the trailhead.

Mt. Hood reflected in Burnt Lake

Gray Jay

Frosted leaves

Reflection of Mt. Hood in Burnt Lake turned upside down

Early morning frost on the trail

Burnt Lake

Early morning light on Mt. Hood from the trail

Finally, a little breeze is causing a ripple on Burnt Lake

A shady Jay


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  1. What a beautiful crisp day! Wonderful photos, John.

  2. Gorgeous! Happy Thanksgiving 🍁🦃🍽

  3. You can fill the chill in the air and look at all that snow! Love the jays. The pics of the mountain and the lake – breathtaking. Cool the way you turned the reflection upside down. These are stunning.

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